2000: (Sophomre) Won the 3,000m run at the Illinois Invitational in her only meet of the indoor season ... An injury sidelined her until outdoors ... Competed in the 1,500m and 3,000m during the outdoor season ... Finished 12th in the 3,000m at the Big Ten Championships, running a season’s best time of 10:09.97.
1999: (Freshman) Burst onto the scene as a freshman and solidified herself as Illinois’ second scoring runner ... Ran in six meets, scoring first for UI twice and second four times, including the Big Ten and Regional meets ... Season’s best came at the Pre-Regional meet where she finished fourth overall in a time of 17:58.
HIGH SCHOOL: ... Participated in IHSA Class AA finals all four years, recording best finish of 14th place as a senior ... Four-years all-conference in the West Suburban Athletic Conference (Silver Division) ... conference champion, regional champion, and all-state honors in 1998.
PERSONAL: ... Born August 23, 1981 ... Parents are James and Sammy Williams ... Majoring in Kinesiology.
Byrne on Williams:
"Cecelia is a coach’s dream. She’s goal-oriented, focused, and mature beyond her years. There’s not a lot of pressure on her because she’s coming in running behind senior leadership. She’s going to have a great career here at Illinois."